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DALLAS-Swearingen Realty Group LLC is moving into the holiday season with two new hires, Rick Tiller and Joseph Arata, who join the company as vice presidents. The two hires caps off a year during which eight others joined the local company.

Swearingen executive vice president and managing partner Bruce Hecht says Tiller, who came from a 24-year stint at Grubb & Ellis Co. will boost the company’s tenant representative side. Additionally, “Joe has experience in industrial, which is where we’re trying to build our practice,” Hecht says about Arata, the 20-year veteran who previously worked for Mohr Partners in Dallas. Representatives from Grubb & Ellis and Mohr Partners could not be reached for comment.

Hecht tells GlobeSt.com that Swearingen launched a hiring blitz in late 2007, bringing on eight new people in addition to Tiller and Arata partly because the Texas economy is doing better than other areas, and a good chunk of the company’s business is in Texas. Furthermore, “we picked up some national accounts that are in a growing mode,” Hecht adds. Because of those two factors, Swearingen saw steady revenues in 2008, laying the way for its personnel expansion.

The majority of the 2007-2008 hires were straight out of college, but Hecht notes that trend will likely slow in 2009. “I don’t think we’ll be bringing a whole lot of brand-new brokers straight out of college,” he comments. “I’d like to see veterans who can work through a tougher economy.”

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